5 Scary Latinx Books You Should Read This Season
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It’s officially spooky season! What way do you like to celebrate? Are you into going to haunted houses? Maybe dressing up? Or are you more into watching horror films and reading horror literature?

We’re all of the above – but today, let’s talk about five scary Latinx books you should read this season.

Here are some of the most talked about horror literature for your consideration.

‘Mexican Gothic’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Garcia’s Mexican Gothic is one of the most talked about scary Latinx books. It is described as: “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” set in glamorous 1950s Mexico. It must’ve been super captivating since the fiction fantasy book is also set to be a limited series on Hulu.

‘Five Midnights’ by Ann Dávila Cardinal

Here’s a young adult-level book that takes a Puerto Rican myth to the next level. Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución. Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre try to solve a series of grisly murders sweeping through Puerto Rico. 

‘The Antiquarian’ by Gustavo Faverón Patriau

This made 2014’s A Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year; it was ranked one of the L.A. Times’ best books of the summer and was recognized as Amazon’s Best Book of the Month in the category of Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. 

‘The Hacienda’ by Isabel Cañas

This book is one the newest scary Latinx books. This debut supernatural suspense novel is described as “Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca.” In the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, “The Hacienda” tells the story of a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches.” Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

‘The Dangers of Smoking in Bed’ by Mariana Enriquez

Our last body of work in this list of scary Latinx books is populated by unruly teenagers, crooked witches, homeless ghosts, and hungry women; they walk the uneasy line between urban realism and horror.